THE SUN GOES DOWN, THE TIDE COMES IN AND WE GO HOME – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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From the balcony of my Dad’s flat, in Bexhill on the south coat of England, I took a number of photos the other week and this was a combination of three of them. The view is constantly changing with the weather, the tides and the people all contributing to the variety. I was particularly taken by the light reflected from the draining water on the beach. I have painted this phenomena many times, particularly around the Mersey Estuary and there are examples on my website:  grahmmcquadefineart.com

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7 thoughts on “THE SUN GOES DOWN, THE TIDE COMES IN AND WE GO HOME – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

    • Thanks for your kind comment. Just keep at it and practice and paint subjects that interests and captivates you. It is also worth joining a group or get a few lessons. Sometimes a bit of knowledge can save you a lot of time.

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    • As I said in my previous comment it is what inspires you. You might not like the painters I like although I can give you a list. Joe Dowden has a great website ( and has written a lot of books – one is painting water on search press). On his website he has some very informative tutorials. Have a look at them.
      I like Alvaro Castagnet – watercolour painting with passion – international artist. Joseph Zbukvic – mastering atmosphere and mood in watercolour – international artist, is a super book..
      David Curtis’ A Personal View – Atelier series has great tutorials and insights.
      Books by Richard Bolton are great when he describes surface textures. Also if you find any books by John Blockley snap them up as they are mostly out of print – he died in 2002.
      The is also a watercolour book by Kurt Jackson, which I borrowed from the library, which shows his early work ( which you can see on big posters when you get off the train at Penzance station) – printed around 2000 and has examples of using backruns to create clouds. He had some great videos of him working on his website, but has since taken them down. His work now sells for £30,000 so he has moved on, but Joe Dowden and his splattering techniques show you how Jackson creates his shimmering seas.
      Those are my favourites – hope there is something there which inspires you. Most have websites or their work can be googled on the web, so you can check them out without having to put your hand in your pocket.

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